Science

Quantum lighting

Quantum lighting

The light bulb as we know it will one day be replaced by solid-state, light-emitting diodes (LEDs)....

Pillow squawk

Pillow squawk

Danish peacekeepers in Kosovo and Iraq are fieldtesting the MusiCure, a pillow that chirps like a bird and plays music. The aim is to determine...

Hands-on cybernetics

Hands-on cybernetics

A prosthetic hand prototype developed by European scientists mimics the sensation of touch. The Cyberhand uses a new kind of electrode to hard-wire the hand...

Eyeing the unfriendly skies

Eyeing the unfriendly skies

THE nightmare scenario of an ICBM launched from the Korean peninsula, bound for California, may never become a reality. But the Missile Defence Agency is...

Blur begone

Blur begone

Blur begone A camera designed at Stanford University lets you shoot first and focus later. The camera uses a 90 000- microlens array to analyse...

Get your kicks on Route 360

Get your kicks on Route 360

The realism of hi-def motor racing video games is impressive, but for driving enthusiasts, nothing replaces the feel of a real car cockpit....

Muscle machine

Muscle machine

BY DANIEL H WILSON A new theory could make robotic muscles stronger, more flexible and a thousand times faster than their organic counterparts. Current robots...

Mean, green Third World machine

MIT's Media Lab has built a prototype of its much-awaited $100 (about R650) laptop, a proposed solution for closing the ever-widening digital divide between poor...

Mega hard drive

Mega hard drive

Hitachi plans to deliver a one-terabyte (1TB) - or 1 024 GB - hard drive in 2007....

Misconceptions about the Big Bang

Baffled by the expansion of the Universe? You're not alone. Even astronomers frequently get it wrong...

Frozen Smoke

Frozen Smoke

Aerogel is the lightest solid known - only three times denser than air, nearly transparent, yet amazingly strong. And its insulating properties are the...

In the Beginning

In the Beginning

Looking back to the dawn of time, a robotic Nasa probe has taken what may be the ultimate "baby snap" of the universe...

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